David L. Pogge, former president and CEO of Mountaire Farms Inc., died on August 26, 2023.
Pogge joined Mountaire in June 1989 and retired in December 2012. After his graduation from Iowa State University in 1973, he worked for Cargill’s poultry division in various positions up to and including marketing manager, general manager and complex manager throughout his 16 years with them.
Pogge was hired as president and CEO of Mountaire Farms in June 1989 and was also a board member. When he joined Mountaire, the company only had the Selbyville, Delaware, complex. Pogge worked with Mountaire owner and chairman Ronnie Cameron to lead the company through the purchase the complexes in Lumber Bridge in 1996 and Millsboro in 2000, as well as the expansion of all three complexes. He also participated in the growth and development of the breeder operation in North Carolina, the purchase of the Westover, Maryland, feed mill, and construction of the Candor, North Carolina feed mill.